How Ambiguous Can a Patent Claim Be?

This week, the Supreme Court is hearing a matter which will call into question how ambiguously patent owners can describe their inventions in patent applications. Patent attorneys sometimes use ambiguous language when trying to avoid unnecessarily narrowing the claim, and some patent defendants say the courts should restrict this practice.

In an article published this week in EE Times, Goodwin Procter partner Dan Forman suggests that inventors work with their patent attorneys to draft patent application language that strikes the right balance of specificity and ambiguity to avoid the risks that their inventions be found invalid for ambiguity in potential future litigation.

For more information, read Dan’s article.

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